Jim Coons is a cardiology pharmacotherapy specialist and clinical researcher who manages the care of patients with cardiovascular diseases and conducts clinical outcomes and translational research related to this patient population. He has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American College of Cardiology, and is a Board-Certified Cardiology Pharmacist. He is also a past Chair of the ACCP Cardiology Practice and Research Network.
He has been active in clinical practice for 20 years having managed patients in multiple settings including cardiac intensive care, general cardiology, advanced heart failure, and pulmonary hypertension. He is core part of the PreCISE-Rx and Test2Learn teams which implement clinical pharmacogenomics, research, and educational initiatives. He has authored more than 75 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters and served as principal investigator or co-investigator on several grants.
He is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics and the Center for Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences. He also serves as the PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency Program Director at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and Fellowship Director for the Implementation Science and PharmacoAnalytics Program at UPMC and Pitt. Additionally, he serves as Co-Director for the Pharmacotherapy Scholars Program Area of Concentration, an advanced clinical training program for P4 students. He serves as an expert advisor and helps to lead cardiovascular medication-related initiatives and policies for UPMC, an integrated delivery network of 45 hospitals.
Coons completed his PharmD from the University of Pittsburgh followed by residency training at the University of Virginia (PGY1) and UPMC (PGY2 cardiology). After completion of his training he served as a clinical specialist and PGY-1 Residency Director at Allegheny General Hospital before joining Pitt Pharmacy and UPMC in 2012.
2022 Cohen Teacher of the Year Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
2022 Phi Lambda Sigma Honorary Member of the Year, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
2021 ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Residency Excellence Preceptor Award
2021 Rho Chi Society Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Faculty Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
2016 Rho Chi Society Innovations in Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
â€œPulmonary Arterial Hypertension.â€ Presenter as part of American College of Clinical Pharmacy Updates in Therapeutics 2018 Cardiology Pharmacy Board Preparatory Review Course. Presented to pharmacists, Jacksonville, FL, February 16, 2018.
â€œCardiovascular Critical Care.â€ Presenter as part of Critical Care Pharmacy Board Preparatory Review and Recertification Courses. Society of Critical Care Medicine Critical Care Congress. Presented to multidisciplinary audience, San Antonio, TX, February 24, 2018.
â€œPulmonary Arterial Hypertension.â€ Presenter. National Association of Specialty Pharmacy. Presented to pharmacists and nurses, Washington, D.C., September 25, 2018. American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) universal program number: UAN 0221-0000-18-373-L01-P.
â€œManagement and Trends in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.â€ Presenter. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) 53rd Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition. Presented to pharmacists and nurses, Anaheim, CA, December 5, 2018. American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) universal program number: 0221â€0000â€18â€395â€L01â€P.
â€œDOACS in 2019: Overview, Updates, and Considerations in Special Patient Populations.â€ 46th Refresher Course in Family Medicine â€“ UPMC. Presented to family medicine physicians, Pittsburgh, PA, March 14, 2019. American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) universal program number: 0481-9999-19-006-L05-P.
â€œWho, What and Why of Cardiovascular Simulation: From Learning Outcomes to Return on Investment.â€ Presented as part of Session: Personalized Skills & Simulation Center.â€ American College of Cardiology 68th Annual Scientific Sessions and Expo. Presented to multidisciplinary audience, New Orleans, LA, March 16, 2019.
â€œState of the Art Case Based Lecture: WHO Should Get What? A WHO PAH Group-Based Approach to Treatment.â€ Presenter as part of Session: â€œClearing the Air on Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Pharmacology Session I.â€ American College of Cardiology 68th Annual Scientific Sessions and Expo. Presented to multidisciplinary audience, New Orleans, LA, March 17, 2019.
â€œUpdates from the 6th World Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension.â€ Presenter as part of symposium, â€œUpdates in Pulmonary Hypertension Management Across the Continuum of Care.â€ American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Annual Meeting. Pulmonary Practice and Research Network Focus Session. Presented to pharmacy audience, New York, NY, October 29, 2019.
â€œCangrelor: Friend or Foe - Not the CHAMPION We Hoped For.â€ Presenter as part of symposium, â€œCardiovascular Professionals Symposium: Antithrombotic Pharmacology.â€ The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) Scientific Sessions. Planned for Atlanta, GA, May 14, 2020.
Virtual presentation due to COVID-19.
â€œClinical Pipeline Updates in Cardiology.â€ Presented as part of session, â€œClinical Pipeline Updates.â€ ASHP Summer Meetings and Exhibition 2020. Planned for Seattle, WA, June 7, 2020. Virtual presentation due to COVID-19.
â€œMaking the Transition: How to Switch Between Treatments.â€ Presented as part of session, â€œProgression of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Pharmacotherapy: Plainly Played-out in a Patient Case.â€ American College of Cardiology 70th Annual Scientific Sessions and Expo. Virtual presentation due to COVID-19, OnDemand Pathway Session.
â€œUpdate on SGLT2 Inhibitors for Heart Failure.â€ UPMC Learners Teachers Leaders Conference. Virtual education conference. Presented to hospitalist physicians at UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA, February 3, 2022.
â€œPublishing in QI.â€ UPMC MOC Portfolio Committee. Virtual educational conference. Presented to physicians at UPMC Childrenâ€™s Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, February 17, 2022.
â€œTowards Personalized Prescribing: How to Implement Pharmacogenomics in Your Patient Population.â€ Presented as part of the virtual course, â€œThe Evolving Practice of Cardiovascular Precision Medicine.â€ American College of Cardiology. Presented to multidisciplinary audience, May 13, 2022.
â€œHow to Promote Residency Growth and Advance Clinical Pharmacy Practice.â€ ASHP Research and Education Foundation Pharmacy Residency Excellence Awards. Virtual education conference. Presented to pharmacists, May 25, 2022.
â€œPharmacogenomics in Clinical Practice.â€ University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Spring 2022 Preceptor Continuing Education Seminar. Virtual education conference. Presented to pharmacists, June 14, 2022. Empey PE, Coons JC, Berenbrok LA.
â€œMavacamten Overview.â€ Pennsylvania Chapter, American College of Cardiology. Virtual presentation to multidisciplinary audience, September 21, 2022. Marzolf A, Coons JC.
â€œA Health Systemâ€™s Standardized Approach to Identifying Barriers and Solutions to Providing Guideline-Concordant NVAF Care. American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Webinar. Virtual presentation to multidisciplinary audience, October 25, 2022.